California Research Guide Digital Download

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You'll love this if:
  • You're getting started tracing your ancestors in California
  • You want new ideas and resources to get past a California brick wall
  • Your genealogy search is focused mainly on California —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your California ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
  • a how-to article detailing California's history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
  • the best websites, books and other resources for California research, handpicked by our editors and experts
  • listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
  • timeline of key events in the state's history
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the California guide:
  • In 1846, American settlers proclaimed independence from Mexico and established the California Republic. While Mexico was ceding California to the United States in 1848, gold was discovered, sparking the biggest migration in American history.
  • If your family arrived in California before 1860, check the Pioneer and Immigrant File at
  • Can't find your relatives' marriages or divorces? Many Californians jumped the border for these events, so look in bordering states, especially Nevada.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.
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